Vienna is a destination we admittedly wanted to visit for a long time. The opportunity was given when we were in Bratislava at the end of November (see here which places you will love). Bratislava to Vienna is only one hour and five minutes away . Until you realize that the train has begun you have already changed country. Find below the shops and delicacies that you must try.
Food in Vienna is nothing without visiting Centimeter
The Centimeter was established in 1996 and since then it serves traditional Viennese food with its signature dish the huge Schnitzel. A place that the locals choose to watch football! Beer costs about $ 4.50 a glass, and for a Schnitzel dish at € 9.90. The portions are enormous and extremely tasteful. The Centimeter can also be called as a TAVERN, GASTROPUB or BEER LOCAL. There are four shops scattered in Vienna. We chose the first and oldest of these ‘Centimeter at the Town Hall’.
For us the enjoyment of a hot chocolate or a dessert is really a ritual. So if you find yourself in Vienna, you MUST visit the most historic and much-talked café in the city. Usually it has a long queue, but we were lucky as we went in almost immediately. With your entrance you can feel the magical aura of this shop. It has something classy. The piano music, the well-dressed waiters, the decoration, probably all that together. Café Central was founded in 1876 and was a place chosen by art people, writers, poets, psychoanalysts and many others. We ordered hot chocolate and “Kaiserschmarrn”, a cake with melted prunes in the form of jam, which costs € 9.50.
A shop with great decoration, many frames on the walls and colorful combinations. This is where young and older people work. Their goal is to bring these two generations close. The art of pastry belongs purely to grandmothers! Here you will taste a delicious breakfast with sweet and savory delicacies as well as a light snack for your lunch or dinner.
A beer house with history and great food! It has its own beer production and it is a guarantee. On the ground floor it looks like a classic beer garden with heavy wooden tables and a large bar. The upper floor is designed to accommodate you for food! You should not miss the “BBQ Pulled Pork” sandwich (13,20 €) and the “BBQ Baby Back Ribs” (19,90 €). Big portions for sure and tastes amazing.
For your good food we also recommend Figlmuller for the huge Schnitzel and the Ribs of Vienna for ribs with the measure. It would be a good idea to make a reservation one day ago as the queue is enormous.
Enjoy your meal! We look forward to telling you your impressions.
When you think of a holiday automatically your mind goes to eat! What’s new you’ll taste. What is the kitchen of the destination country? What suits your tastes, what not others are ready for experiments. Correctly; We, to be honest, love the good food. Keep in mind that good food does not need to be too expensive. On every trip, however, our budget is leaning towards food. We thoroughly look for all the choices given to us and we choose both safe dishes and more “subversive” for our tastes. Dining in Bratislava, so we have the best suggestions for soups and main dishes.
This particular chain is a chain and you can find similar in Prague and other European countries. It has great space and a nice atmosphere. The portions are gratifying and in excellent quality. From soups we chose it with chicken and beans. Both were palliative for the cold we had felt a little earlier. For main dishes keep it! Christos chose the “Old Czech KOLKOVNA platter” that was really huge and I (Marianna) “Grilled Chicken” with a chicken that really melted! Our dishes accompanied a salad with a pancake turkey and a scallop. Of course, the menu is also for vegetarians. The person will need about 20 € to eat very well at Kolkovna Eurovea.
A shop with an interesting decoration since it has something of industrial design while the large wooden library gives a warmth in the space. There you can enjoy coffee and cocktails up to tasty dishes. Pizza, burgers and salads are some of the dishes you can choose from. Have a great breakfast too! Depending on whether you will accompany your food with a cocktail, the prices range from 15-20 € per person.
An excellent labyrinth-like shop. We have not seen so many different levels so far with everyone having their own name. This is a classic Slovak restaurant with heavy seats and large wooden tables. The soup with cheese and garlic flavor inside a loaf of bread is the specialty of the shop. It has products prepared in the organic farm operating just outside Bratislava. It is worthwhile to try their handmade beer while having a menu only for students and teachers. Average price per person is about 15 € for a good meal.
Here the food is very special. You want his ingredients. You want to decorate the dishes. It’s probably a combination. Risotto, soup, chicken fillet are some of your choices. You can also ask for the day dish, which is always a surprise. The person will need about 15-20 € for a delicious meal.
The food in Bratislava has nothing to jealous of the best restaurants in Paris and as you figured prices are at the same level as other European countries.
Are you looking to find the best way to survive couples traveling? Do you love your friends and want to keep talking to them after your return? Have you chosen to travel with strangers and you are afraid of the coexistence with them for five days or more?
We had our own experiences of couples traveling
The truth is that we recently had a similar experience as we traveled to two European cities with two other couples. As you can imagine we were thinking a lot about it beforehand. There were thoughts on how we would organize it so that we could all go and have great time. Obviously, the last thing we wanted was to start any misunderstandings between us and spoil the whole trip. Fortunately, for us our friends were great traveling companions and everything went perfect. Shortly before we arrived at the airport to return we asked them what they thought about the experience of co – traveling. They shared their thoughts and these are what we think the key elements for success. Remember travel is all about teamwork.
Travel Couples Tip #1 Before the trip drink all together a coffee
Usually, before traveling, you are searching information about the place you are visiting. You locate the places that you do not want to lose but also those that did not catch your eye at first glance. Drinking a coffee with your co travelers is what you need. So, you will make a program that will contain if not all, the most. During your meet up you will see what every person wants from the trip. Other will seek for relax, other for having fun at clubs and others they live to visit the museums of the city. Organize it before and you are half way to succeed.
Travel Couples Tip #2 What about the budget?
Basic! Before you start organizing your trip. Even before you set off for the airport, it would be a good idea to have everyone clear not only the budget they have but also what they intend to spend.
Travel Couples Tip #3 Everyday is special!
At the end of every day, either you relax in the hotel lobby or in your favorite restaurant, discuss the next day’s program. Re-define your goals. Search along with the others maps, shops and hot spots of the city you want to discover. Besides why are you traveling? We hope for the tastes, experiences and feelings, just like we do.
Travel Couples Tip #4 Flexibility and freedom are two keywords that couples traveling bond together
Even when traveling with other couples you can have as much flexibility and freedom as you need to ensure that your pressure stays normal. With flexibility we mean, of course, that we can change the program according to conditions and mood. Good planning and organization is great but if something does not come as planned you can always modify it. Freedom to do what you desire by faithfully following your goals and endurance. It worked perfectly for half of us that chose the hotel for their noon rest while the others we were hunting hidden gems in the alleys. It was perfect and we all had a continous smile!
Travel Couples Tip #5 Set a meeting point
Does it sounds strange? Trust us not, especially if you are traveling abroad. Mobile without battery or not speaking the language and much more can happen on a trip. By defining your own meeting point you avoid the unpleasant ones.
Travel Couples Tip #6 Keep always a good mood and have fun
Sure, all of these elements can help you and your friends have a successful trip. The most important in couple traveling is your good mood and remember to have fun. A journey is full of moments and experiences. Make sure to create them and remember as happy and cheerful! Everything can go wrong. Everything can be overturned, and you just can not do anything. But what you always define is the way you treat them. Our advice is to make sure you enjoy it as much as possible.
Christmas markets in Europe are a must. Europe is an ideal destination for Christmas, since it has cities that can turn into a fairy-tale scenery for both young and old. The time has come to find out what are the European destinations for Christmas that we have discovered! Everyone will enjoy carefree moments and the most unforgettable Christmas ever.
Best Christmas markets in Europe
No, it’s not Prague, Budapest or Paris as you would reasonably imagine! Let’s go to somewhere more alternative!
Bucharest and Santa Grotto
Romania, and more specifically Bucharest, is a destination that is constantly attracting more and more visitors. Christmas, however, takes on another air, since a Christmas market is emerging, the so-called Santa Grotto. Benches are set up from one end of the market to the other and offer a wide variety of Christmas toys, gift items and more. There you will find local delicacies and abundant warm beer (grzaniec)! Of course, everywhere there are these candles that shine with our space and hearts. The big Christmas tree, the Santa Claus house, the ice rink and the small structures that host lab workshops for our young and old friends shape the right Christmas setting. See what we did and how we spent New Year’s Eve in Bucharest here.
Wroclaw in Poland
When you think of “Destinations for Christmas” it will be difficult for Poland and even harder for Poland’s Wroclaw, right? However, Wrocław or Polish Wrocław is the fourth largest city in Poland and hosts a fabulous Christmas market. Wooden benches, local dishes that will break your nose, hot drinks (usually hot red wine) and thousands of little things you can buy. Maybe you can read about Market Square, which is the central Christmas market and has everything. Christmas trees, sweets, windmills and many decorative lights.
Germany and the Christmas markets of Nuremberg
Germany has some of the most famous and complete Christmas markets all over the world. Christmas in Europe means Christmas in Nuremberg. Most of 180 stalls offer sweet and savory dishes, Christmas toys and small items. What to start with! In these Christmas markets you will find traditional sausages, nuts, the famous gingerbread and the most delicious hot wine. Everywhere there are festive bands. The most famous market is called Christkindlesmarket and is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. This year’s opening will be on November 30th and will close on December 24th. Are you ready?
There are not one, or two, or three, but fourteen Christmas markets throughout the Austrian city during the winter months. The Christmas market of the infant Jesus as we would translate it into Greek is the heart of the city and was first created in the 15th century. The market is located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg Castle in front of the Salzburg Cathedral. About 100 benches that have everything from food, Christmas candles, textiles, sweets, toys and jewelry.
The Mill of the Elves in Trikala, Greece
How could Greece and the famous Trikala be missing this list! The Greatest Christmas Market in Greece has been set up in the old “Matsopolos Mill” and it is really a place of joy and creation with lots of food and sweets. The Wagons of the World, the Santa Claus house, the fairy-tales of the Elves and many others make up the most joyous and festive setting. A Christmas market in Europe that you will love.
You said it and finally did it! You bought your tickets for a holiday outside your country and you are officially a first time traveler. Are you anxious to discover the destination you chose? Do not panic we will give you some tips to feel comfortable as a local!
First time traveler!Νο #1 Make a research before you go
Try to find the shops where you can find local tastes before your trip. For example family owned restaurants. Trust us its a great value to experience the everyday life of a city as the locals do.
Approved tip 1: The restaurants and the shops outside the main streets tend to be cheaper!
Approved tip 2: Restaurants with big pictures on the menu are usually tourists trap which means the quality is low and prices are slightly up.
Νο #2 Talk with the locals
Don’t be ashamed and talk to the locals. There is no better way to discover a destination than to chat and meet the city’s residents.
From our experience, we can say that almost everyone who came into contact with us seemed willing to tell and suggest us places that the locals visit frequently.
Νο #3 Learn some key words of their language
Learning some local words and phrases will make it easier for you to talk and break the ice with the locals. By making an effort to communicate in their native language, it will be easier to learn what you want!
Νο #4 Wake up early
Okay we know it’s holidays, but you are a first time traveler and we suggest starting your day early. We usually depart around 8 am from our hotel. It is crusial to make the most of your days when traveling. The more time you have in the day so many more activities you will be able to enjoy!
Νο #5 Stay safe
We want to emphasize at this point because we are now seeing the evolution of social media in our lives and their influence. Do not be pressured to do risky things that some travelers do, just to win some followers. Try to be unique and to love the trips and experiences you offer.
Νο #6 Bonus tip – Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can save you literally but also save you money while traveling. We recommend WorldNomads, use it and love it because it will take care of you when and if it is necessary. It goes without saying that it does not necessarily mean that you are in danger every time you travel, yet we believe we must be as cautious and provident as possible.
September is here already and reminds us that summer is slowly coming to an end. Our mood, however, has something of salty and carelessness. So, we prepared a one-day cruise on the islands of Argosaronic, Hydra, Poros, Aegina. We chose Signature Travel to make sure that the one-day getaway would be a pleasant experience for Hydra, Poros, Aegina.
The ticket for the one-day cruise is at 55 euros per person and includes, besides the transport, an entertainment program in the boat and buffet food. Departure from Flisvos Marina around 8 in the morning, where you are welcomed from the crew members.
First station, magical Hydra
Hydra is just two hours away from Piraeus, yet it keeps its magnificent features unchanged. In fact it is a small touch on the map, a rocky island that has become a pole of attraction for artists and other famous celebrities of Greeks and foreigners. There are no cars in Hydra, and donations are made with donkeys and carts. The harbor floats sailboats and cruise ships that give the island a cosmopolitan air. The narrow cobbled streets invite you to explore and as the road progresses, the road turns uphill. Somewhere up there, though breathtaking, the view will compensate you with the above. A postcard unfolds in front of you and you only have to capture the images in your mind. Oh, the islands of Argosaronic.
What did we choose to do in Hydra
Something less than two hours we stayed on the island and so we visited those places that attracted our interest. The Pharmacy Museum of course could not be missed by our choices. The Pharmacy Museum (Pharmacy of Rafalia) has been in its form since 1890 and is one of the oldest pharmacies in Greece.It essentially acts as an attraction in Hydra and gathers many visitors of the island as it is a cultural heritage monument. Unfortunately, the photographs inside it are forbidden, so our material is not rich. The second stop is the House of Lazarus Kountourioti, the yellow house with a wonderful view. Descending to the harbor and heading for the ship we enjoyed a delicious ice cream from The Cool Mule. There you will find homemade flavors and handmade ice creams made of extraordinary materials. Try the red velvet and you will remember us.
Second stop, graphic Poros
It is worthwhile to miss in his narrow streets and discover his well-hidden treasures. White-covered courtyards decorated with shells welcome you while the church of Agios Georgios dominates surrounded by love and care by the permanent residents of the island. We followed the road to the Historic Clock. We only had forty minutes to get a taste of the island of Poros. Poros is flooded with pine trees, while its lemon grove is also famous. As for the local products you can supply, we recommend oil and spirits. The only sure thing is that we will return to the island to enjoy the view from the church of Prodromos.
Third stop, beautiful Aegina
Aegina is the ideal destination for a weekend or more days as it is a breath away from Athens and quite affordable. Aegina is famous for its production of pistachios in many varieties and variations. If you want something to visit, then the Monastery of Saint Nektarios and the Archaeological Temple of Aphaia. We were impressed from the port of Aegina and its alleys. We walked in the narrow alleys and bought Mourtzi’s salt pistachios with salt and paste (served since 2001). We enjoyed our beer at Oinoi coffee and viewed the chapel of Agios Nikolaos in the harbor.
After a day full of images, emotions, fatigue and happy smiles, we farewelled these three islands of Argosaronic that have loaded us with experiences. What do you say about Hydra, Poros, Aegina?
In every country you visit the choice of food is essential for a pleasant trip and in order to remember the taste of the city. That’s why we always choose the best restaurants according to our own taste. Tell us, we want to eat well in Gdansk and the rest of us. Besides, the Polish cuisine gives you plenty of choices. Everything is tested!
Restaurants that we loved
Our delicious journey begins with appetite, since the food part on every trip has something of rite. We love tasting local specialties and rating the dishes. Of course, we have different preferences because Christos chooses the most spicy recipes while Marianna can’t do spicy. In few words, on our table you can find everything from hot peppers to light soups.
If you are a lover of potatoes and crazy with every version of it, Pyra Bar is the restaurant you are looking for. Potatoes with minced meat, cheese potatoes, mushrooms potatoes, potatoes with everything that comes to your mind. The menu is all about it! Tasty dishes at extremely low prices. These restaurants are half-self-services so do not wait for the plumage to come to order. Decide what you want to eat, give your order and they will bring it to your table.
One of the most typical dishes of Poland is the famous Pierogi. Fried dough sheets that are stuffed with various materials. Delicious cyclades garnished with herbs! The Poles love cabbage and all that has to do with vegetables, so you are likely to see them dominating the stuffing. Prices are affordable and you you will not starve! The restaurant has modern, elegant décor and so the environment becomes very familiar.
It is a restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and influences from France. It has an excellent menu of fish and beef. The chef of the shop really draws on the dishes and turns them into works of art. Remember to eat the sweet Meringue cake. It just does not exist! Prices are said to be pricked but not so much to make the restaurant as inappropriate. It is worth visiting and spend a little more money to eat in such restaurants.
Chleb I Wino is very close to the old town and gathers daily except from locals and many tourists. Here you will enjoy great pasta and pizza in great sizes! Of course the menu has a great variety, you choose! You will not have to spend much as the prices are quite friendly. Restaurants that offer you “fair” portions for your money. It’s what we say! I have some money left before I leave the city and I’m looking for the most decent restaurants.
These are our recommendations for the best restaurants in Gdansk, Poland!